Climate protection and energy efficiency
METRO wants to drastically reduce its climate-relevant emissions. Our aim is to bring about a 50 per cent reduction in specific emissions of greenhouse gases per square metre of selling space by 2030. The level of emissions in 2011 forms the baseline.
At all stores belonging to the new METRO, we invest in energy efficiency, use energy sparingly, and increase our employees’ energy awareness. This commitment pays off. In 2016, for example, METRO opened a green wholesale store in Dongguan, China. Modernisation made it possible to halve the store’s energy consumption. METRO GROUPs carbon footprint (*You are redirected to a third-party page which is not operated by METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG)
Managing resources responsibly
METRO conserves natural resources, for example in its use of refrigerants and paper, its facilities management, and the running of its logistics fleet. The METRO environmental guidelines form the basis for our actions.
Our resource management also includes packaging. By 2018, we will have taken a critical look at how 10,000 own-brand products are packaged. Our aim is to reduce the environmental footprint of our packaging throughout its entire life cycle.
It is also important to us that products and packaging materials are disposed of in an environmentally friendly fashion. At the end of their useful lives, we look at how raw materials can be reclaimed or disposed of with the minimum environmental impact.
Avoiding food waste
METRO constantly strives to reduce food waste. We want to reduce food waste in our own operations by 50 per cent by 2025. We have committed to achieving this in a resolution of the Consumer Goods Forum.
Impact Assessment on Food Service Distribution
To ensure a successful and sustainable business, our company needs to generate financial but also social and environmental value. Every business impacts and depends on natural and social capital and will experience risks and opportunities associated with these relationships. Changes in our operations resulting from the significant growth of Food Service Distribution (FSD) business imply the creation of potential new impacts on the society and environment. Therefore, METRO Cash & Carry sought to answer the following question: “What is the difference in terms of impact (on natural and social capital) deriving from 1,000 € sales growth in FSD compared to 1,000 € additional sales in Cash & Carry store?” By assessing our different business models (Cash & Carry and FSD depot) according to the “Natural Capital Protocol and Social Capital Protocol”, we are now able to monetize our environmental and social impacts. The pilot project demonstrates a benefit of 68 € per 1,000 € sales through the FSD depot model compared to the stationary Cash & Carry model.